LeRoy Bell has shared the stage with Idina Menzel, B.B. King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, Huey Lewis,
The Steve Miller Band, Fitz and The Tantrums, Paolo Nutini, Zahara, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Wallflowers, Al Green,
Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Mavis Staples, India.Arie, Erykah Badu,
Los Lobos, Barenaked Ladies, Jonny Lang, Sergio Mendez, Leon Russell, Charlie Musslewhite and many more.


Featured vocalist with Carlos Santana (EMP Founders Award), Zahara (South Africa), Paolo Noise (Italy).


He’s written for Elton John, The O’Jays, The Temptations, Teddy Pendergrass, Rita Marley,


Best acting debut: LeRoy Bell in “Passing Strange.” Seattle Times 12/22/14


Nominated with Zahara and the Soweto Gospel Choir for a  SAMA (South African Grammy) for Zahara “New Beginnings Live DVD” 2013


Zahara "New Beginnings Live" reached double platinum status in South Africa. Moreover, the DVD was confirmed to be one of the fastest selling DVDs released in South Africa by a South African artist.


X Factor USA

#8 Finalist
Season #1

LeRoy Bell is an American singer and songwriter. He and his friend Casey James played in Special Blend, and then went on to form their own duo Bell and James, also composing songs that were hits for other artists most notably two charting hit singles for Elton John. Later Bell became a member of the trio Only Friends. In 2011, Bell applied for the American The X Factor and was chosen for the Final 16 and went on to the live shows being mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. He was eliminated after the fifth live show finishing 8th overall in the inaugural season of the American The X Factor when he was in bottom three with Marcus Canty and Lakoda Rayne.

Bell and James

Bell and James was a duo soul group formed by LeRoy Bell (on drums and guitar) and Casey James (on guitar, bass and keyboards). They both had played for a while in the band Special Blend, before they decided to team up together as Bell and James. The duo released three albums: Bell and James (1978), Only Make Believe (1979) and In Black and White (1980), and had a number of singles, the most successful and well-known being "Livin' It Up (Friday Night)" released on A&M Records. It reached #15 on the U.S. Hot 100.


LeRoy Bell also co-wrote many songs for others in partnership with Casey James. They were encouraged by LeRoy's uncle Thom Bell who owned Mighty Three Music, a music production company along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The latter were a famous composing duo collaboration Gamble and Huff to whom Bell and James provided some of their composition.Their songs were recorded by a number of groups including:

  • The Spinners
  • The O'Jays (notably in "This Time Baby")
  • The Temptations
  • Rita Marley
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Freda Payne
  • The Three Degrees


With Elton John

Most notably, two of the LeRoy Bell songs were recorded by Elton John. One was "Mama Can't Buy You Love" and the other "Are You Ready for Love". The songs, a LeRoy Bell-Casey James co-composition appeared in the "The Thom Bell Sessions" in 1977. Elton John's song version of "Mama Can't Buy You Love" went to the Top 10 in the general charts and #1 the Adult/Contemporary chart and in the fall of 1979, earning Elton a Grammy Nomination for "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance". His song "Are You Ready for Love" was even a bigger hit.


Tracklist of Elton John singles:

  • Side 1: "Are You Ready for Love" (LeRoy Bell, Thom Bell, Casey James) (8:31)
  • Side 2.1: "Three Way Love Affair" (LeRoy Bell, Casey James) (5:31)
  • Side 2.2: "Mama Can't Buy You Love" (LeRoy Bell, Casey James) (4:03)


In February 1989, The Complete Thom Bell Sessions was released by MCA Records, although it had been recorded in 1977. In addition to "Mama Can't Buy You Love" and "Are You Ready for Love", it featured three additional songs, including "Country Love Song" also co-written by LeRoy Bell.

  • 1. "Nice and Slow" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Thom Bell)
  • 2. "Country Love Song" (LeRoy Bell, Casey James)
  • 3. "Shine on Through" (Elton John, G. Osborne)
  • 4. "Mama Can't Buy You Love" (LeRoy Bell, Casey James)
  • 5. "Are You Ready for Love" (LeRoy Bell, Casey James)
  • 6. "Three Way Love Affair" (LeRoy Bell, Casey James)


In 2003, Fat Boy Slim mixed Elton John's single version making it to the British Singles Chart. The song also charted in many European charts.

With Teddy Pendergrass.  LeRoy Bell had a long-running cooperation with Teddy Pendergrass for whom he wrote 5 songs in three different albums:

  • 1979: "I'll Never See Heaven Again" on the album Teddy
  • 1979: "Set Me Free", also on album Teddy
  • 1982: "Loving You Was Good" on album This One's for You
  • 1983: "Heaven Only Knows" from the album Heaven Only Knows (lead song) Pendergrass album
  • 1990: "Glad to Be Alive" from the album Truly Blessed


  • 1979: Lou Rawls: "Bark, Bite (Fight All Night)" on the album Let Me Be Good to You
  • 1980: Lou Rawls: "Heartache (Just When You Think You're Loved)" and "You Are" on album Sit Down and Talk to Me
  • 1988: Kimiko Kasai: "Love Talk" from album Love Talk (lead song)
  • 2001: Me and You: "You Never Know What You Got (Til It's Gone)"
  • 2002: Jennifer Lopez: "Still" cowritten with James and Jennifer Lopez herself in the latter's album This Is Me... Then.
  • 2005: The Freemasons: "Love on My Mind" that appears on albums Shakedown, Unmixed and Shakedown 2
  • He has also written for Phyllis Hyman


Solo career

Starting in the 2000s, he worked solo and toured extensively. In the process, he released various albums including his debut solo EP Spending Time (on his own label Martez Music Group), followed by Two Sides to Every Story in 2006, A Change Is Coming in 2008 and Traces in 2010.

In 2011, he was part of a project United in Song affiliated to USA For Africa[1] to bring the best in World Music to celebrate peace and unity. The project included Angelique Kidjo, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Aurelio Martinez with Youssou N'Dour, Lila Downs, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Razia Said, Abigail Washburn & the Shanghai Restoration Project, Luisa Maita, G Love & Special Sauce, and Vieux Farka Toure and LeRoy Bell contributing tracks to United in Song


LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

LeRoy Bell also formed his band Only Friends as LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, featuring Terry Morgan on bass and Davis Martin on drums and Daniel Walker on guitar and keyboards. All are experienced musicians. Morgan had played with Dee Daniels, Pat Wright & The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Dave Lewis, Thelma Houston and others, whereas Martin was previously a member of the band Maktub.


The X Factor

In 2011, he applied for the American version of The X Factor, singing the song "Lean on Me" at his audition. Becoming one of the Top 32, he performed in Judges House Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" in front of Enrique Iglesias and mentor Nicole Scherzinger becoming one of the finalists (final 16), qualifying for the live shows in the over 30s category mentored by Scherzinger.

On November 22, 2011, he was voted Bottom three by public vote and had to sing for his life against Marcus Canty. He chose to sing The Beatles song "Don't Let Me Down". With the judges deadlocked at 2–2 (with mentor Nicole Scherzinger saving her act LeRoy Bell, and L.A. Reid saving his act Canty, then judge Paula Abdul voting to send Canty home and Simon Cowell voting to send Bell home to make the decision deadlocked), the organizers had to revert to public vote which revealed Bell had received the fewer votes and accordingly was eliminated after Live Show 5 finishing 8th overall in competition.




Bass and Vocals

Terry Morgan has a strong working relationship with the international arts community. He started his career in Music and African American Studies. This love of culture and performance inspired him to start a production company and produce events celebrating the arts. his lifelong passion for music has resulted in 30 years as a practicing professional musician. Terry is the founder and president of Modern Enterprises, LLC. He has served clients since 1979 providing talent, production and technical services for cities, corporate clients and civic

occasions. These 30 years of experience include special event design, venue management, artist booking and promotion, public relations and fund raising.  Terry's musicianship has nourished and enriched the business of Modern Enterprises. Performing has strengthened the service of booking talent, designing sound environments for events and has led

Terry into further technical expertise. Terry has summoned his calm and level headed manner to seamlessly integrate the creative and technical worlds.

Honored to be the recipient in 1992 of King County's" Celebrate Success' Outstanding Service award, Terry continues to expand his service realm throughout the US and Canada

developing events and performance experiences for major national clients and international touring performing artist. Closest to his heart though is his role as Manager and bass player for Martez Music recording artist LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.


B.A. African American Studies / Ethnomusicology - University of Washington 1971-75 Systematic Musicology - Graduate

Program, University of Washington 1975-79

Graduate Teaching Fellowship - University of Washington Music Department.





Davis Martin is the rhythmic powerhouse behind Grammy nominated singer/songwriter LeRoy Bell. He performed on LeRoy's2007 release "Live In 3-D" and 2008's highly acclaimed "A Change Is Coming." They currently tour nationally as both a headlining act and support for legendary artists including Al Green, B.B. King, Etta James, India Arie, Joe Cocker, Train, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Gomez, Taj Mahal, and many others. The rock & soul trio performs at prestigious venues including The Fillmore West, Humphrey's by the Bay in San Diego, The San Jose Jazz Festival, The Paramount Theater in Seattle, B.B. Kings in N.Y.C, and The House of Blues in Chicago. Davis has also been performing in the band Maktub

since '96. Maktub recorded their first nationally released record "Subtle Ways" in 1999 for which they were awarded "Northwest Soul Album of the Year" by the N.W. Grammy Association. By 2001 they had released their second record "Khronos"to critical acclaim. NPR featured the album on "All Things Considered" and The Washington Post heralded it a "soul rock masterpiece." Working with Grammy Award winning producers Bob Power and Joe Chiccarelli, the band released "Say What You Mean" in 2005. "Start it Over" released in 2007 with producers Steve Fisk and Stuart Hallerman. June 2009 brought about the current release, "Five," produced by Michael Cozzi. Maktub have shared the stage with a

diverse collection of artists such as The Dave Mathews Band, Coldplay, Def Leppard, Maroon 5, Earth, Wind and Fire, John Scofield and many others. Their songs are played all over the world and have been licensed to major motion pictures and network television shows including the movie "Traffic" and HBO's "The Wire." As an in demand studio session player, Davis is proud to have recently recorded an album/soundtrack for Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band. He has appeared on various compilation records and recorded numerous jingles and radio "beds." His feel and unique approach have been requested on records and demos for major label as well as independent artists. Davis has been a recognized judge at the Guitar Center regional drum championships and a requested clinician at Donn Bennett Drum Studios and Rock School. He is an endorser for Istanbul Agop cymbals, Pro-Mark drumsticks and C&C Custom Drums. Since '07, Davis has been the principal drum instructor at the Seattle Drum School, Georgetown. He currently has between 40 and 50 students ranging from beginning to professional as well as special needs students. He has continued his studies with Jason McGerr and currently with Seattle Drum School

owner, Steve Smith. Davis, his wife Suzette and their two beautiful little girls live just north of Seattle.




Daniel Walker has been playing keyboards as long as he can remember. He has performed as a touring sideman and session musician for artists across genres ranging as far as folk/Americana, traditional blues, swing jazz, R&B and hip-hop, gospel, and modern rock, with artists including John Fullbright, Ian Moore, Red Jacket Mine, Mama Sweet, Aranda, K.C. Clifford, Smokey & the Mirror, Chris Staples, Bronwynne Brent, Daniel Kirkpatrick & the Bayonets, Jami Smith, Rebecca Loebe, Raina Rose, and many others at venues and festivals around the country. In 2014, he fulfilled a childhood dream of appearing as a sideman on The Late Show with David Letterman, appearing with John Fullbright less than a year before Letterman's retirement. He took part in the EMP 2014 Founders Award ceremony honoring Jackson Browne, backing up Dave Alvin, Shawn Colvin, Keb' Mo', and Jackson Browne as a member of the house band. He has done session work with various producers and artists at studios in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Nashville and Chicago.


"Music is a universal language, and it has the power to transport and heal the listeners and the musicians. I can't imagine my life without it, and I'm grateful to get to do what I do."



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